For nearly 2,400 years the scroll laid in a cave near Khirbet Qumran high above the shores of the Dead Sea until 1952. The two deteriorating rolls lay side by side on a stone outcropping in the cave hidden, according to records, by a desperate team of holy men seeking to preserve their faith. One, a single sheet of hammered copper, the other larger roll contained two similar sheets riveted together end to end. Their barely visible text pressed into the thin copper teased those that could read it unmercifully. The full measure of the secrets, however, would have to wait.